The beauty of Northern Laos in September

Doing a thorough research about Laos’s weather before travelling to this country is essential if you want to be well prepared. Laos attracts millions of tourists every year. There are two distinct seasons: rain season starts from May to November, while dry season starts from December to April. The more preferred time to visit Laos is the dry season; however, rainy months have their own charm. While September might not be the most perfect time, it is a good time for people who wish to witness the beauty of Northern Laos in September, as well as enjoying seasonal fruits. Explore the beauty of Northern Laos with: Indochina travel

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is the oldest town of Laos that still exists until today. Due to its history, the town has a distinctive combination of French and Laos architectures. It is located on the bank of Mekong River. If you visit Luang Prabang in September, the temperature is very pleasant and quite cool.

Beautiful Luang Prabang from above Beautiful Luang Prabang from above
Beautiful Luang Prabang from above – source: internet

During this month, you will have the opportunity to see dragon boat races on Nam Khan River. This festival takes place every year for 6 week from late August to early October (thus September is the prime time if you want to witness this particular cultural activity).

Dragon boat race on Nam Khan river
Dragon boat race on Nam Khan river -source: internet

Nong Khiaw

The beauty of Nothern Laos in September lies in its fresh and lush green color provided by months of rain. For people who love to see a bit more nature we recommend that you do to Nong Khiaw. It is a village located on the bank of the Nam Ou River, bringing a unique mix of limestone and greens. The town is relatively small and thus renting a bike to explore its surround is always on the list of travellers. Tours in laos

Caves are adventurers’ favrourite when it comes Nong Khiaw. There are two caves: Pha Tok and Pha Khuang, about 2-3 kilometers away from town. You can go up to Pha Tok using concrete steps (they are quite steep, and it can be slippery in September; bring a good pair of shoes). Meanwhile, Pha Kuang requires a bit more strength from you, but actual climbing needed.

Outside Pha Tok cave
Outside Pha Tok cave -source: internet


If you are into trekking, Phongsali is your call. It is the capital of Phongsali province of Northern Laos which lies 1430 meters on the slopes of Mount Phu Fa. With only about 6000 inhabitants, this little town is not at all populated by tourists and therefore makes it a perfect for those who wish to trek while wanting to make contact with the local ethnics. Your trek can last up to 5 days.

Phongsali province in Northern Laos
Phongsali province in Northern Laos -source: internet

There is a tea plantation that is 400 years old situating 18 kilometers away. It has the world’s oldest tea trees according to some experts, giving a very different and unique aroma and taste for the Phongsali tea. If the beauty of Northern Laos in September lies in its greeneries, this tea plantation is where you can truly observe it. Going along to the top of the tea mountain, among the lush lively green of tea trees you can also see the town from above.

Phongsali tea plantation
Phongsali tea plantation- source: internet

bumped up by infrequent rain, cool weather, various-shades-of-jade sceneries and cultural activities for you to explore. It might not be the best season, but hey, it also means less tourists, and therefore you can travel and see more with so much ease and joy!

See more:




Asia Travel Lover

Blog Categories

Article Submission

If you would like to submit an article or a travel story, please contact:

Tripadvisor Reviews